Colorado Department of Local Affairs Announces Functional Zero Veteran Homelessness, Awards $2.85M for Affordable Housing in May

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The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has announced that the  national initiative Built for Zero has certified Fremont, Colorado as the 12th community in the country to functionally end veteran homelessness, and the Division of Housing (DOH) awarded  $2.85M through the Colorado State Housing Board (SHB) for affordable housing in May. 

Functional Zero for Veteran Homelessness means that a community knows every veteran  experiencing homelessness by name, and has demonstrated the ability to ensure that fewer  veterans are experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed. 

Built for Zero is a national initiative of 80 cities and counties that have committed to  measurably ending homelessness one population at a time, led by the nonprofit Community Solutions

“Effective solutions for chronic homelessness among veterans, individuals, families and young  adults is a pivotal aspect of our mission to ensure every Coloradan is safely and securely  housed,” said DOLA Housing Director Alison George. “This achievement in Fremont is a result  of the hard work of partnerships between Community Solutions, other nonprofits, and our  state and local partners, all working diligently together.” 

Also in May, DOLA awarded $2.85M in affordable housing for Colorado. 

DOLA awarded Loveland Housing Authority $1.065M to purchase and rehabilitate the  Brookstone Apartments, a 72-unit multifamily property consisting of nine eight-plex, two story buildings. The two- and three-bedroom units will be available to those with incomes  ranging from 30 to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). 

DOLA awarded Mile High Ministries $765K to assist with the construction of Clara Brown  Commons, a 61-unit building consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom units located in the  Cole Neighborhood of Denver. CBC will be available to people with incomes ranging from 20  to 80 percent of the AMI. 

DOLA awarded Mercy Housing Mountain Plains $1.02M to assist with the new construction of  The 8315 East Colfax Apartments, an 82-unit, mixed-use, multi-family housing project  consisting of mostly one-, two-, and three-bedroom units in the East Colfax corridor of  Denver. They will be available to those with incomes from 30 to 70 percent of the AMI. 

“With affordable housing endeavors such as these,” add George, “we are working toward  keeping people from entering homelessness in the first place.” 

The State Housing Board and DOLA’s Division of Housing continue to support the creation of  affordable housing that is accessible, safe and secure for all Coloradoans.

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